Picotto Knights - This Vita Game Needs To Come To The U.S. RIGHT NOW
Piccoto Knights is a beat-‘em-up action RPG for the Vita from Game Arts and NHN Hangame. You start off by making a custom character dude, then upgrading them with weapons and shizz. Since the game’s free-to-play, you can also spend real-world dollars on in-game items if you’re into that sort of thing.
The game’s set to release in Japan on September 20th, but no plans for a western release have been mentioned.
GungHo and NHN haven’t announced if they will bring Picotto Knights to North America or Europe, but it looks like they’re planning to. GungHo filed a trademark for Picotto Knights in the US trademark database. Perhaps, an announcement will be made at Tokyo Game Show since the game will launch during the event?
How To Get All The PS1 Games On Your Vita WITHOUT Hacks
Bummed about only getting 9 PS1 games to choose from on the Vita’s PSN store? If you’re a Vita owner who also owns a PS3, the dudes from Fist Full of Potions show off an absurdly simple way to get any PSOne Classic onto your Vita.
PS Vita Firmware V1.80 Is Live. FINALLY, PSOne Classic Support!
It’s time to blow the dust from that unpocketable portable device because this new update brings sweet new features like the ability to navigate the home menu with buttons instead of getting all touchy-swipey, and the web browser gets a little more Safari iOS-ish with a search bar in the browser menu and giving you the ability to jump to the top of a page.
Here’s a video rundown of all the new features.
But we know what you really care about: PSOne Classic support! Here’s a list of the first batch of games that you can download as soon as the PSN store updates later today/tonight.
Arc the Lad
Cool Boarders 2
FINAL FANTASY VII
Hot Shots Golf 2
Twisted Metal 2
Yeah, it kind of sucks that they’ll be rolling out small handfuls of games on a weekly basis instead of giving us access to the massive library already available on PSN, but at least FFVII’s in there, so we doubt there’ll be too many complaints.
Which PSOne games are you looking forward to playing on your Vita?
Jest Set Radio HD Hits Consoles & PC This September For Just $10
Jet Set Radio (atrociously titled Jet Grind Radio in the U.S. for copyright reasons) was a legend back it’s time. It was the first game ever to use the “cel-shaded” technique and paved the way for many games after it. Now, twelve years after it’s initial release on the Sega Dreamcast, the cult classic gets a much-deserved HD facelift and makes its way to the PlayStation Network on September 18 and Xbox LIVE Arcade & Steam on September 19th for just $9.99. PS Vita owners will get it for the same price, but have to wait until October 16th.
Amazon Is Having A Huge Sale On Handheld Games & Accessories Right Now
Need some handheld games for your summer road trip? Amazon has you covered. They’re uppercutting prices right in the face with this handheld sale thing. Some standouts include SNK Vs Capcom Card Fighters Clash for DS for just $5.95 (80% off), Bit.Trip Saga 3DS for $19.54 (51% off), and Mortal Kombat for Vita for $28.47 (29% off).
Gravity Rush is a PlayStation Vita exclusive open world action RPG directed by Keiichiro Toyama and written by Naoko Sato - both known for their work on Siren and the first Silent Hill. It’s like Hayao Miyazaki, Solatorobo, inFAMOUS, and Crackdown had a baby. It’s also by far the best looking and most innovative game on the Vita and one of the best games of the year.
Gorgeous art direction, level design, and character designs bursting with charm and personality.
Intriguing story filled with a memorable cast of characters that are sure to spawn countless works of fanart, cosplay, tattoos, etc.
Massive open world that you’ll want to explore even after the credits roll.
Some of the later levels are beautifully trippy and have a clever puzzle element to them. They’re so awesome that you’ll probably wish more of the game was like this.
Combat is often clunky.
Whack load times.
Abrupt ending that doesn’t really sum anything up.
A few months ago, there were reports that Cave would abandon their shooter roots for “social” games. When DoDonPachi: Saidaiohjou hit arcades, a lot of concern was quelled. But now things aren’t looking so great again. Andriasang.com reports that the company’s VP / COO / Representative Director has resigned and that the company has canceled both of their Playstation Vita games, one of them being a shmup. That’s a lot of bad news in one day. And the fact that they canceled bother their shmup and their social game for the Vita makes it sound like Cave might be packing it in altogether. Who know, but hopefully we get a 360 port of Saidaiohjou before that happens.
‘Metal Gear Solid HD Collection’ for PS Vita Lets You Touch Boobs.
This Japanese trailer the MGS HD Collection on Vita starts with a lot of bragging about how the franchise is so great or whatever. Yeah, whatevs, Konami. You want to brag about something awesome? Try bragging about a Metal Gear Solid HD collection that includes an HD remake of the PS One Metal Gear. Oh, wait… YOU CAN’T BECAUSE YOU’RE JERKS WHO BROKE MY HEART!
Vanillaware’s Dragon’s Crown was to be published by Ignition (King of Fighters XII, El Shaddai). However, Atlus have announced that they will now be handling the release. There’s still some confusion as to whether Atlus will be collaborating in the game’s production or if they are only handling the publishing. Hopefully this doesn’t allude to Vanillaware having trouble developing the game, because it looks frickin’ awesome.
Good News: Mortal Kombat For Vita Will Make Chicks Walk Around In Shiny Booty Shorts. Or Something.
I feel like this trailer is the result of some dude with a camera convincing a Warner Bros. exec to let him shoot an ad for MK Vita. Then the same dude probably went to a bar or strip club and tried to convince ladies to be in his big new commercial. This chick totally fell for it.
I think the saddest part bout this trailer is the fact that there was a trailer promoting the trailer a few days ago. This whole trailers for trailers thing is getting entirely way too out of hand.
Atlus “ReVITAlizes” PSN by Slashing Prices Off Their PSP Games.
Been waiting for your chance to jump into the Persona series? Have a shiny new Vita, but lack the cash to throw down for all those Atlus RPG’s you want? Well, now’s your chance because classic Atlus titles are mad cheap for a limited time.
The discounted titles are as follows:
Persona - $19.99 (was $39.99)
Persona 2: Innocent Sin - $29.99 (was $39.99)
Persona 3 Portable - $19.99 (was $39.99)
Riviera: The Promised Land - $9.99 (was $14.99)
Yggdra Union - $9.99 (was $14.99)
Knights In The Nightmare - $14.99 (was $29.99)
Hexyz Force - $14.99 (was $29.99)
Kenka Bancho: Badass Rumble - $14.99 (was $39.99)
Crimson Gem Saga - $14.99 (was $29.99)
Class of Heroes - $14.99 (was $39.99)
50% off Persona 3 Portable? I believe I speak on behalf of gamers everywhere when I say HOLY SHIT THANK YOU, ATLUS!!! Seriously, these deals are awesome. Hopefully more publishers follow Atlus’ lead and discount some PSP titles that new Vita owners might not have had the chance to play.
A Little Bit on the No More Gravity Side: Check out Yusuke Kozaki’s rendition of the main character from Gravity Daze. Kozaki is the character designer behind Suda 51’s No More Heroes series. Download the desktop version here and the Vita wallpaper version here.
I thought I’d have to build a new $1,000 computer once PSO2 came out, but I guess I’ll just have to get a $250 portable instead. If it’s good, that is. So far it’s looking iffy. The video shows the game running about two frames per second. Sega has a year to work it out though - PSO2 for Vita won’t be out until 2013.
A Little Bit On The Redesigned PlayStation Vita Side: Sony Vita Pocket concept by Justin Quinn.
The Sony Playstation Vita is the next generation follow up to Sony’s PSP handheld. With its 5” OLED touch screen, rear touch pad and quad core CPU, the Vita is truly cutting edge. So far, reveiws for the Vita have been mostly positive. However, the Vita is not without its faults. A lot of people have complained about the Vita’s lack of internal memory and short battery life. Two of the best features on the Vita are its dual analog sticks and big oled screen, but these features also make the Vita’s overall size somewhat big. This is why I made my own redesign.
This design was made in 3D Studio Max. The features of the Vita “Pocket” include:
1. Same 5” OLED screen and rear touch pad.
2. Compact pocket friendly sliding screen design.
3. Chrome accents for a more premium look.
4. Longer battery life.
5. Backlit face buttons (turn on via light sensor).
6. Front camera is now 3mp, back camera is now 5mp
7. 8gb built in flash memory
I want this. Now. And kudos on the 8BG built-in memory. Lord knows the Vita needs it.